Middle Earth SBG – The White Council Gathers in Full!

The wisest and most powerful of Middle Earth finally come together, ready to battle whatever evil they must!

A final wee push added the last three members to the council, completing the force.

I’ve painted many a Gandalf over the years, but surprisingly never on a horse. I’m happy with how he turned out overall, but wish I’d gone a bit grayer on the cloak as it feels much bluer than it should.

Glamdring was a delight! Every time I paint a Gandalf I always enjoy the sword. I tried to push my NMM on this one and I’m really happy with the result.

The final elf and Lord of the West! I found this a challenge because of the material. Finecast has a lot of problems that I won’t get onto, I will say I’ll avoid working with it if I can.

I decided to play with the colour scheme a little, as most of the force has a darker feel to them. I decided on black and gold for the armour, kind of mix of the elf’s I’d already done, and the red lent itself well accenting that.

The final member and the most recent release, Saruman the White!

A beauty of a sculpt, so much so I had to replace the foot model I’d prepared for the plastic one. The detail disparity between the old foot model and the plastic rider was too great.

He did turn out a bit more cream/bone coloured than white, I was happy with the result. It keeps him in tone with the sombre tone of the rest, and he doesn’t overshadow the brightness of Galadriel.

Take a look at some photos of them all together…

Middle Earth SBG – Radagast Arrives to Aid the White Council!

The first of the Istari and definitely the..well…least renowned (unless we’re counting blues), but he does have some massive tricks up his sleeve. Not only an epic sleigh, pulled by Rhosgobel rabbits no less, but also one of the legendary great eagles.

It was a daunting task but the variety of models and base sizes meant some interesting opportunities.

The bases alone where an enjoyable, if sticky, affair. I wanted to continue the Dol Guldur theme, my White Council battling the forces of the Necromancer through the ruins. For the on foot model this meant a fairly simple stepped base, Radagast leaping into the fray, but for the sleigh and eagle I could get a bit more creative.

The sleigh already had a fantastic leaping pose, so rolling with that I created a chasm for them to leap over. This was achieved by positioning the model with blue tac and pencilling in the contact points, as well as a channel for the chasm. Then when I started building the base I could build around these guidelines.

I was free to create anything for the eagles base, just needing a contact point for the flight stand itself. I tried to create something more indicative of Dol Guldur than I had before. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if I pulled it off or not.

Overall I had a blast painting these. The variety of creatures was fun to tackle. I was going to complain about the amount of brown, but that’s definitely something I was forewarned about.

Take a look at the White Council so far…

That just leaves me with 3 members left; Gandalf, Elrond and Saruman. I’m still not sure which one takes my fancy the most.

Middle Earth SBG – Elves of the White Council

The time has finally come for paint to meet elf!

These have been awaiting paint for a while and, like the Inhumans, I found my inspiration and got stuck in!

Galadriel leads the White Council so I felt she was a suitable place to start the painting. It’s also a fairly simple sculpt and felt really small after some of the other miniatures I’ve done recently.

I’m theming the models around Dol Guldur, so I wanted to push the creepy feel on the bases but also on Galadriel herself. This is why I chose the colours for the robes, White to off green.

Celeborn felt like a natural follow on. I chose the colours to link him to Lothlorien, golden armour, and to Galadriel, the robes. I also added some floating leaves to both bases using thin wire and miniature leaves. I hope it comes across as the leaves in the wind I was trying to portray.

Last but definitely not least is Glorfindal. I wanted to keep up the spooky theme and keep this chap fairly sombre. He has died before after all. It’s a fairly monotone mini, with only the sword and the hair to really add some colour, but not a lot of warmth.

I’m really pleased with the end result, especially with the way it helps the blade stand out.

The last of the elves or the first of the wizards? Still not sure what I’ll work on next…

Warhammer Underworlds – Ylthari’s Guardians

Had a blast stepping back into Underworlds to paint the amazing Ylthari’s Guardians.

It might only be 4 models but boy are they characterful. Par for the course with the underworld range, it still surprises me how individual each model feels whilst still being strongly cohesive with the rest of the team. I really want to paint some more! For now take a look at the models below…

Middle Earth SBG – Heroes of Rohan

A commission I was working on last year for a host of characters, beginning with some of Rohans finest.

First up is the new Eowyn & Merry set. Games Workshop is knocking it out the park with thier plastic characters and these are no exception. The detail and dynamism is phenomenal.

Deorwine and Elfhelm are again some phenomenal models. Elfhelm in particular has a fantastic pose, the momentum carried through him and his horse, with the throw poised to release. Really one of my alltime favourite models.

Finally we have the bearer of the royal standard, Gamling. This is an old school metal miniature and it does show. Whilst i enjoyed this figure for the most part the banner was hell. It’s really hard to paint patterns in such a wavy area and sometimes the texture of the metal can be a little funny. I just hope that it still looks suitably impressive.

Next up is a wee bit more Rohan and a fair chunk of Mordor…

Warhammer 40k – Aeldari Rangers

Starting off with Craftworlds I knew I wanted some rangers. I was put off by the single sculpt squad, especially since its only available in finecast, so needed to work out an alternative that would fit my idea of rangers better. I’ve always felt that Rangers should be a bit more exodite like, with a more exotic and less uniform look.

What I came up with came from a combination of Shadow Warriors from the AoS range, Guardians and some Drukhari weapons…

As you can see I used the guardian legs, arms, heads and Shuriken base, the Shadow Warrior torso and Dark Lance barrels.

The other five worked with the same base combo but I used unhelmeted heads and Heat Lance barrels.

I plan on working on some more using something other than the Shadow Warriors, likely the Wildwood Rangers and yet more different gun barrels.

Warhammer 40k – WIP Harlequins

Having recently got back into playing 40k, I started work on the first part of my army, Murder Clowns! Harlequins were never a fully fledged faction when I was last playing, and that new shiny factor plus the painting opportunities sealed the deal.

I’ve been working on converting up a selection of characters, starting with a couple of Troupe Masters…

This will be my Grand Avatar, likely armed with the Storied Sword from now on. I used the Nomad Prince from the AoS range, with a few parts from a Troupe box, the torso, head, feet and blade.

Another AoS model, this time an Assassin. This was built to be a Troupe Master with the Starmist Raiment. I’ve tried to create a diamond effect on the cloak similar to the Solitaire.

I’m also working on a Shadowseer and peeking into the realm of Craftworlds. Always wanted as Wraith army…

Middle Earth SBG – Iron Hills Dwarf Army Commission

I’ve been working on and off on these guys for a while now and it was finally time to pull everything together and add the final touches.

I’m happy with the result, especially the purple and the bases, a great way to tie everything together, that was requested by the client.

If you’re looking to get you’re army painted, pop me an email at deathwatchstudios@gmail.com

Necromunda – Oops, I Did It Again!

No it’s not a Britney Spears themed gang, but it is yet another one! How did this happen? I wasn’t planning an Escher force! Damn models just lying about waiting to be built!

Inspiration struck again and I couldn’t stop building until they were finished, and as such the Hive Angels were born…

This lovely leader will serve as my Leader, the Prophet of the Angels, she who preaches the true path.

I’m counting the Drukhari blade as duel stiletto swords and still need to figure out a way to model a shotgun on there.

She’ll be backed up by her champions, the icon bearer…

And the Crusader…

Then there are all these lovely ladies to help out…

As you can see I’ve gone heavy on the wych weapons. I have a hefty amount of Druhkari bits, and I really love all thier weapons. It also fits the aesthetic I was going for perfectly.

The wings are from a few different sources, but mainly the aquilla icons from the Imperial vehicle upgrade sprue.

I’m going to pop these to the side for a bit though, lots of projects to be working on and nothing left lying about to build!

Necromunda – Oops, I made a Goliath Gang!

Things took a bit of a turn with my Necromunda projects. The Van Saar hangers-on are under coated and ready for paint, I even got a couple of bounty hunters prepped. But then the Underhive box arrived.

I ordered it mainly for the Zone Mortalis tiles, for playing this version of the game but also to use for backdrops for some photos. I was going to sell the rest off to recoup a bit, but a seed had been planted. ‘Why not just build a new gang? It will be good to have two.’ Said that voice in my head. All it took was a quick look at their options to cement the idea…and thus the Vatforged were born…

This is Arn, the leader, and his pet croc, alongside his twin brother Vito.

Both birthed from the same gene-vat, they were born into the Goliath way of life. Arn took to it like a fish to water, rising swiftly. Vito struggled to begin but with the help of his brother, he has fought a hard and bloody path to earn his place.

Still a bit of green stuff work to do on these to polish them off but what you see here is pretty much how they’ll look.

Next up is the rest of the gangers…

I went for a bit of a mix with these and still want to add a bit more, especially the tank tread armour as I’m especially pleased with how that looks. I’m thinking of continuing that theme to Arn, and replacing the crotch chains with treads.

But then that voice spoke up again, ‘Why not do an Escher gang as well?’. Well, I might as well…